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About GEAS

The Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) has three basic goals:

First, GEAS combines area studies research on East Asia with discipline-based methodological training and strong language and cultural competence. Its training program is interdisciplinary with a special emphasis on social sciences.

Second, GEAS focuses on East Asia as a region. Our training encourages doctoral candidates to look beyond their country of specialization--China, Japan, or Korea--and to view East Asia-related research from a trasnatioanl, regional and global perspective.

Third, GEAS offers a wide range of opportunities to study empirically and analyze theoretically the patterns of modernity in East Asia, their commonalities and connectedness as well as their differences from other regions, while at the same time seeking to generate new theory on this empirical base.